Wednesday, December 15, 2010

14th December Questions



Specialist rounds set by the Waters Green Phoenix.

History- A&E- Cinema Heaven- Sport-Round and About- Science-
Geography and The Weatherfield Chronicles



1 Who was Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister?
A> Lord Melbourne

2 In which decade of the 19th century was the Indian Mutiny?
A> 1850's

3 In 1905 Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kennie were evicted from which building in Manchester for trying to question the then liberal Mp Winston Churchill?
A> The Free Trade Hall

4 Who was the first Archbishop of Canterbury?
A> Augustine

5 Name either of the countries that formed the United Arab Republic in 1958.
A> Egypt or Sudan

6 Who was President of America when the 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed by the Senate?
A> Abraham Lincoln

7 Who is known as the "father of English history"?
A> The Venerable Bede

8 Which explorer's ships were named The Trindad, San Antonio,Concepcion, Victoria and Santiago?
A> Ferdinand Magellan


In 1923 Hitler made his first bid for power in what has become known as the Beer Hall Putsch - in which city did this take place?
A> Munich

Who was the last Liberal Prime Minister?
A> David LLoyd George.

Arts and Entertainment

1 Which is the latest of the "Narnia" books by C S Lewis to have been turned into a film?
A> Voyage of the Dawntreader (released last week)

2 In which film of the 1950's is the main character called Charlie Allnutt?
A> The African Queen

3 Who was the art critic and writer whose works include "The Stones of Venice" and who championed Turner and the Pre-Rapaelites?
A> John Ruskin

4 Which 20th century American artist's works include "Nighthawks", "Chop Suey", "Automat" and "Cape Cod Afternoon"?
A> Edward Hopper

5 Gene Kelly played the lead in the broadway stage show "Pal Joey" but who played the role in the 1957 film?
A> Frank Sinatra

6 Patricia Cornwell's fictional character, Kay Scarpetta, and Felix Gibson in the BBC drama "Waking the Dead" share which profession?
A> Pathologists

7 Which composer born in 1872 was a great nephew of Charles Darwin and great-great grandson of Josiah Wedgewood?
A> Ralph Vaughan Williams

8 Which Disney films musical score contains "The Nutcracker Suite"," The Scorcerer's Apprentice","The Pastoral Symphony" and "Night on Bald Mountain"?
A> Fantasia


The vigilante Paul Kersey features in which series of films directed by Michael Winner?
A> Death Wish

Whose latest album is entitled "Progress"?
A>Take That


Cinema Heaven

In this round you will be given a description of a film. Its title will contain a word representing "something out of this world"
For instance if the description was "A mega series of science-fiction films directed by George Lucas?" The answer would be STAR Wars

1  A 1954 musical directed by George Cukor, starring Judy Garland and James Mason?
A > A STAR is Born

2 A 1973 comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring the real life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum ONeill?
A>. Paper MOON

3 A 1996 comedy science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and based on a cult trading card series of the same name. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Annette Benning and Pierce Brosnan?
A>. MARS Attack!

4 A Britsh comedy of 2006, starring Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Vanessa Redgrave. The plot revolves around an elderly actor who takes his girlfriend to the National Gallery to see a painting by Velasquez.

5  A 1980 America Western based on a range war. Even though this film was directed by Michael Cimmo, who directed the blockbuster "The Deer Hunter", it is regarded as one of the biggest box office failures of all time.
A> HEAVEN's Gate

6 An American "coming of age "film based on a novel of the same name by J G Ballard. The film starred Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers.
A> Empire of the SUN

7 A multi-award winning 1956 American comedy satirising the US occupation of Japan following the end of WW2. It starred Glenn Gord and Marlon Brando
A> The Tea House of the August MOON

8 Starring Walter Pidgeon and recently deceased Leslie Neilson it also featured Robby the Robot, this 1956 film  is a futuristic version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
A> The Forbidden PLANET

A 1968 Science fiction film starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter. It was remade by Tim Burton in 2001.
A> PLANET of the Apes

A 1969 western directed by George Roy Hill. It tells the story of the life and death of Robert Leroy Parker leader of the notorious Wild Bunch gang and his partner Harry Longbaugh
A> Butch Cassidy and the SUNdance Kid



1 Started in 1897 which is the worlds oldest annual marathon?
A> Boston

2 Who is the only tennis player to have twice won all four Grand Slam titles in the same year? Once as an amateur, once as a professional.
A> Rod Laver, 1962 & 1969

3 Which batsman scored 300 runs in a single day against England at Headingley in the 1930 Ashes?
A> Don Bradman

4 Who was appointed player-manager of Liverpool in 1985?
A> Kenny Dalgleish

5 Which is the most popular team sport in both Japan and Cuba, in Japan it's spilt into the Central and Pacific Leagues and in Cuba the West and East League?
A> Baseball

6 Winning 101 medals in total which country came third in the medal table at this years Commonwealth Games?
A> India

7 As of 6 December which Golfer is top of the world ratings?
A> Lee Westwood

8 Horse Guards parade will be the venue for which Olympic event in 2012?
A> Beach Volleyball


What is the maximum number of clubs a golfer is allowed to have in his bag during a round of golf?

Which English Premier League club changed the name of its ground in 2009 from JJB stadium to the DW stadium?
A> Wigan Athletic

Round and About

All these questions concern places within 20 miles of Macclesfield...although the place name may not be obvious there should be sufficient information in the question..

1 Which school, situated between Chelford and Holmes Chapel, has the name of  Scott's  ship on the 1910-13 expidition to the South Pole?
A> Terra Nova

2 John Bradshaw lived at Marple Hall and is best known for being involved in which event of 1649?
A> Regicide - anything that shows he was involved with the execution of Charles I

3 Macclesfield canal runs from Marple to where?
A> Hall Green (accept Kidsgrove)

4 Which town that was host to some 300 French officers, prisoners of war in the Napoleonic wars, has a section of its churchyard with gravestones in French and English?
A> Leek

5 What river rises in Buxton and flows into the Derwent?
A. Wye

6 Which local author has written about the legend of the sleeping warriers of Alderley Edge?
A> Alan Garner

7 What was the nickname of the railway line that linked Leek and Macclesfield, now a part of the Staffordshire Way?
A> The Knotty

8 Which Victorian folly above Buxton shares its name with a Biblical structure on Mount Zion in Jerusalem which was supposed to house the Ark of the Covenant ?
A> Solomon's Temple


Which local country park shares its name with one of the four main reservoirs providing water for Macclesfield?
A> Tegg's Nose

Which town has a hotel that advertises that Mary Queen of Scots stayed here ignoring the fact taht she was, in fact, a prisoner of Bess Hardwick and her husband?
A> Buxton


1 Titania and Oberon, apart from being characters in "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream" are also satellites of which planet?
A> Uranus

2 What is yellowcake?
A> Uranium Oxide, the first stage in processing uranium ore. Accept any answer that includes uranium

3 "I don't understand" is the literal translation of which mammal's name?
A> Kangaroo

4 Which animal is affected by strangles?
A>Horses, also known as equine distemper

5 Which fruit has a variety named after the Cavendish family from Chatsworth Hall?
A> Bananas

6 Which chemical element discovered  by William Ramsey in 1859 is named after the sun?
A> Helium

7 The neutered male of which animal is called a barrow?
A> A Pig

8 Endorphins are released in the brain and are a natural form of what?
A> Pain relief

What is the smallest bone in the human body?
A>The Stapes (in the ear)

Used in astronomy and climatology of what is albedo a measure?
A> Reflectivity


1 Hay on Wye is located in which national park?
A> Brecon Beacons

2 Which country, other than England, has a city called London on a river called the Thames?
A> Canada

3 The Golan Heights straddle the border between Israel and which other country?
A> Syria

4 What links the English towns of Barton and Hessle?
A> The Humber Bridge

5  Where on the coastline of the north west is one of the few UK breeding sites of the Natterjack toad?
A> Formby (accept Ainsdale)

6 Nowadays its mainly used by tourist boats, but which canal, an inlet of the Ionian sea and opened in 1893 is  just under 4 miles in length and 80ft wide,  saving a journey of over 420 miles?
A> Corinthian Canal

7 The fourth deepest underwater trench, the Eurasia Basin is in which ocean?
A> The Arctic

8 Which commercial city in India lies on the eastern bank of the river Hoogly?
A> Kolcata (Calcutta)


Where do the Blue and White Niles join?
A> Khartoum in the Sudan

Which resort in Israel lies on the Red Sea?
A> Eliat

The Weatherfield Chronicles

Coronation St has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and over the years dozens of actors have graced its cobbles.
Whilst you don't need to know the "street"you will, hopefully, be able match ex-street actors names and the characters they went on to play.

1 Trevor Bannister has played 3 separate roles in Coronation St in 1967, 1972 and 2006 but is best known for his 7 years in "Are You Being Served" playing which role?
A> Mr Lucas

2 This actor played Chris Cullen in 1974 then went on to be a Blue Peter presenter before being appointed Chief Scout in 2004?
A> Peter Duncan

3 This local character, more recently a radio presenter, played Stan Potter in the street. He is best known for being lead singer of a 70's, band fellow members being Jim Lea, Don Powell and Dave Hill.
A> Noddy Holder

4 This young actor played Ena Sharples grandson before becoming a monkee.
A> Davy Jones

6 After playing Elsie Tanner's nephew, Gordon Kaye went on to play the lead role in which long running BBC comedy series?
A> 'Allo Allo (Rene Artois)

7 After playing Ron Jenkins from 1966 to 67 this actor went on to win a Best Actor Oscar in a1982 film directed by Richard Attenburgh.
A> Ben Kingsley (Awarded Oscar for Ghandi)

8 This actor appeared as a tour guide Herbert Whittle in 1967 but is best known for his role in Dad's Army and for writing the play "Ghost Train"
A> Arnold Ridley


This actor played George Barton in 1974 but is best known for playing a Doctor from 1966 to 1969.
A> Patrick Troughton

He only appeared once as a Fire Officer in 1967 but went on to lead the USS Enterprise and also the X-Men
A> Patrick Stewart


General knowledge questions

Harrington B

14th Dec 2010

One or two of these answers were challenged by both teams but I have left the original answers as set.

  1. Which building in Athens did the Elgin Marbles formerly decorate?


  1. Name the motor manufacturer that produces the ‘iQ’?


  1. Who played James Onedin in the long-running TV series The Onedin Line?


  1. How many fluid ounces are in a pint?


  1. Who defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium?


  1. Which horse won this year’s Melbourne Cup, run on 2nd November 2010?

AMERICAIN (trained in France)

  1. 10 degrees Celsius is equivalent to how many degrees in Fahrenheit?

50 degrees Fahrenheit

  1. Actor, singer and director Thomas Hicks is better known by what name?


  1. How many categories feature on the Beaufort scale of wind force?

13 (Calm 0 – Hurricane 12)

  1. Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch, had how many children?

17 (the only one to survive beyond infancy dies at the age of 12)

  1. Name the Cumbrian taxi driver who killed 12 people before shooting himself.


  1. What’s the main ingredient of Arab dish Baba Ganoush?


  1. For what does the ‘S’ in TS Eliot stand?


  1. Charlemagne, crowned as Emperor of Rome in 800AD, was the leader of which North European people?


  1. Name the RAF’s ‘spy plane’ that was axed in the recent defence review.


  1. On which river does Dresden stand?


  1. In which country are panama hats traditionally made?


  1. The flights of archery arrows are traditionally made from the feathers of which bird?


  1. In snooker, what is the name of the special rest with a raised arch?


  1. Which element discovered in 1898 takes its name for the Greek word for ‘hidden’?


  1. Who is the only Oscar to have won an Oscar?


  1. In 1995, who became the first British pop star to be knighted?


  1. Which is the only horse to have won both the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

DAWN RUN (1980s)

  1. Which explorer founded the Royal Zoological Society and London Zoo in 1825?


  1. Which car maker produces the MiTo?


  1. Who composed the William Tell Overture?


  1. What is the name of the marsh area at the mouth of the River Rhone?


  1. What occurred on St peter’s Field on 11th August 1819?


  1. On what date is Trafalgar Day celebrated?


  1. In netball, what do the letters GS stand for?


  1. Who, in 1774, became India’s first Governor General?


  1. What is the SI unit of electrical conductance?


  1. What is the name of the US President assassinated in 1881?


  1. Who is the Liverpool Chairman who pushed through the sale of the club to John Henry?


  1. Who was the first of the Plantagenet monarchs?

HENRY THE THIRD (1216 – 72)

  1. What is our equivalent to America’s Mardi Gras?


  1. What is the last book of the Old Testament?


  1. What is the capital of Latvia?


  1. Who wrote the Morse detective books?


  1. Which English town is renowned for its annual Goose Fair?


  1. Gymnast Daniel Purvis is hardly a household name, yet most of us have a picture of him at home. Why?


  1. What was the name of the character played by Felicity Kendal in The Good Life (both names required)?


  1. Which of the disciples was a tax collector?


  1. Name either of the mascots for the 2010 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.


(after the Much Wenlock Games in Shropshire that inspired the modern Games, and Stoke Mandeville where the Paralympics were born)

  1. Which cocktail consists of Tia Maria, vodka and Coke?


  1. Who led the French Cavalry at Waterloo and was subsequently executed by the Bourbons after Napoleon’s defeat and final overthrow?


  1. By what name was Indonesia previously known?


  1. Which is the oldest college at the University of Cambridge?


  1. Which English king was defeated at the Battle of Bannockburn?


  1. The town of Wootton Bassett is in which county?


  1. What was the ‘flying island’ called in Gulliver’s Travels?


  1. Who is the Chief executive of British Airways?


  1. Who became the first footballer to play 1000 games in the Football League?


  1. Who is the most senior of the firemen in Trumpton?


  1. What delicate fabric is made by ‘tatting’?


  1. Name either of the two islands separated by the Strait of Bonifacio?


  1. Who wrote the opera ‘Peter Grimes’?


  1. Who defeated Henry the Sixth at the Battle of Towton?

EDWARD THE FOURTH (of the House of York)

  1. The Orient Express originally ran between Paris and which other city?


  1. What is Jamie Oliver’s middle name?


  1. What was Enid Blyton’s middle name?


  1. Which area of London has a name derived from Eleanor of Castille, wife of Edward the First?

ELEPHANT & CASTLE (after Infanta di Castille)

  1. Blenheim, scene of a famous battle in 1704, is in which present day country?

GERMANY (it’s a village in Bavaria)

  1. Who assassinated Martin Luther King?


  1. Who is the head of M.I.6?


  1. The holes at Augusta National golf course are named after what?


  1. Who was the successful British general at Plessey in 1757?


  1. What name did Matthew Hopkins acquire in the 1640s?


  1. In which part of the body is the Circle of Willis?


  1. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing was founded, and still has its major manufacturing base, in which city?


  1. Which was Europe’s third largest airline by passenger numbers in 2009?


  1. Where in the body would you find the ‘olecranon’?

THE ELBOW (it’s a bony prominence on the ulna)

  1. Jimmy Wales founded the world’s fifth most popular website. Which is it?


  1. “I hail from Pinner in Essex, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in 40 years of songwriting with my partner have never written a hit in the same room as him. Who am I?”


  1. Whose current autobiography is entitled ‘Through Thick and Thin’?


  1. On the estuary of which river does the city of Ipswich stand?

RIVER ORWELL (also accept River Gipping – the name for the non-tidal part of the river)

  1. With which instrument would you associate jazz musician Billy Cobham?


  1. Who currently has a book on the shelves called ‘The Elephant to Hollywood’?


  1. “I was born in New Jersey in 1949, had my breakthrough hit in 1975 and the 120 million records I’ve sold worldwide include the theme song to the 1993 movie Philadelphia. Who am I?”


  1. Which company makes the VAIO range of computers?


  1. Which river flows through Kidderminster?


  1. Modern jazz musician Chick Corea is a virtuoso on which instrument?


  1. Which F1 driver celebrated his 300th start at this year’s Belgian Grand Prix?


  1. Name the Peruvian city that was the ancient capital of the Incas, and is closest to Machu Picchu?


  1. Which country is due to host its first Grand Prix in the 2011 Formula 1 season?


  1. What was the last pitched battle on British soil?


  1. In the NATO communications alphabet, what word represents the letter Q?


  1. Which planet has a great red spot?



  1. In A Christmas Carol, who was the first ghost to visit Scrooge?


  1. Which monarch broadcast the first Christmas speech to the nation from Sandringham?


  1. On the sixth day of Christmas, what did my true love give to me?


  1. Which four-letter word for the Christmas season comes from the name of a Pagan festival held during the winter season?


  1. What do Americans call reindeer?


  1. Which 1942 film first featured the song White Christmas?


  1. Which carol mentions a 14th century King of Bohemia?


  1. In Santa Claus The Movie, which actor played an elf called Patch?



Name the manager of Macclesfield Town FC, as at 1st December 2010.


Which is the only letter to have a value of 5 in Scrabble?


Name either of the two Thames bridges under which the Oxford/Cambridge boat race passes.


In which year was cigarette advertising banned on ITV?

1965 (accept 1964 – 1966)

What is a male swan called?


Eniskillen is the administrative centre of which Northern Irish district?


Which plant is known as the Christmas Rose?


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

7th December Questions


Specialist Questions Set By The Plough Horntails

  1. History: Britain, 1951 to 1960
  2. Geography:
  3. Science
  4. Arts and Entertainment
  5. Sport
  6. December
  7. Local Macclesfield Round
  8. Picture Round

Round 1: ‘Having it so good’. Events involving Britain from 1951 to 1960.

All of the questions in this round appear in the book of this title by Peter Hennessy

Q1. Who became Prime Minister following the General Election of 1951?

A1. Winston Churchill.

Q2. In March 1957, the Gold Coast was the first British colony to gain independence. What was this country called after independence?

A2. Ghana

Q3. Name either of the items that were the last to be taken off rationing after World War II (in July 1954)?

A3. Meat or Bacon

Q4. In October 1956, the British, French and Israeli governments signed the Sèvres Protocol. To what event was this related?

A4. Fighting over control of Suez Canal. (Also accept, potential removal of the Nasser Government in Egypt.)

Q5. In April 1956, 2 politicians from the Soviet Union appeared together at the cenotaph in London. These 2 men were commonly known by the newspapers as ‘B and K’. So, if K was Kruschev, what was the surname of the man known as B?

A5. Bulganin

Q6 What organisation links the following people in 1958? Cannon Collins, J B Priestley, Michael Foot and Bertrand Russell,

A6. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Q7 The foundation marches of the CND in 1958 started with more than 5000 people rallying in Trafalgar Square, London. To where did these hordes of people march?

A7. Aldermaston, HQ of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

Q8. Britain detonated its first hydrogen bomb (~ 0.6 megatons) in May 1957. Where did this event take place?

A8. Christmas Island

Supplementary Questions:

Q9. In June 1956, Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill flew to the USA to attend a summit meeting. On landing in Washington DC, he was met by the US Vice President. Who was this?

A9 Richard Nixon ( …he hung around for a long time in US politics!!!!).

Q10. Harold McMillan became Prime Minister in 1956 after the resignation of Anthony Eden. Which constituency did he represent?

A10. Stockton on Tees

Round 2: Geography:

Q1. On which river does Leicester lie?

A1. Soar

Q2. What is the capital of Botswana?

A2. Gaborone

Q3. What is the capital of the Spanish province of Andalucia?

A3. Seville

Q4. What, in population terms, is the largest Spanish speaking country in the world?

A4. Mexico

Q5 In which country is the source of the Euphrates river?

A5. Turkey.

Q6. What is the name of the body of water that lies between the Inner and Outer Hebrides?

A6. The Minch.

Q7. The Pindus mountains lie mainly in which country?

A7 Greece. (Bits are also in southern Albania and Macedonia)

Q8 What is the name of the desert surrounding Las Vegas?

A8. Mojave Desert.

Supplementary Questions

Q9. The Kalahari Desert is mostly in which country?

A9. Botswana. (Bits are in Namibia and South Africa)

Q10. To which country does the island of Elba belong?

A10. Italy

Round 3: Science.

Q1 The moons Titan and Mimas belong to which celestial body?

A1 Saturn

Q2 What shapes are attached to a line of a weather map to denote a warm front?

A2 Semi circle (when these are in colour, these semi circles are red)

Q3 Retinol and beta carotene are dietary forms of which vitamin?

A3 Vitamin A

Q4 ’Plaster of Paris’ and ’Gypsum’ are both form of which chemical compound ?

A4 Calcium Sulphate di-hydrate (Accept just calcium sulphate)

Q5 What is the SETI programme?

A5 Search for extra- terrestrials

Q6 Orbiting 35,900km above the equator, what term is given to satellites that remain in their orbit above the same point on the Earth’s surface?

A6 Geostationary

Q7 Where in the body do you find Haversian canals?

A7 In the bones.

Q8 What is the name given to the top vertebra of the spine ?

A8 Atlas. ( also accept C1 vertebra)

Supplementary Questions:

Q9 On the Beaufort Scale what number is a moderate breeze?

A9 4

Q8 Where was a speed record of 11.2mph set in 1972?

A8 On the moon by the lunar vehicle from Apollo 16.

Q10 Which chemical element is named after a town in Scotland?

A10 Strontium – town was Strontian

Round 4 Arts & Entertainment: RADIO TIMES

Q1. Name the (regular) host of ‘Excess Baggage’ on Radio 4?

A1. Sandy Toksvig (Also accept John McCarthy who is an infrequent substitute presenter but has recently been standing in)

Note: QMs should deduct 3 points from teams responding with jokes about ‘regular’ and frequency of bowel movement…

Q2. Name the (regular) host of the mid-week edition of ‘Front Row’ on Radio 4?

A2. Mark Lawson (need Christian name as well as surname : this is a Nigella and Nigel free-zone)

Q3. Who joins Simon Mayo weekly on Radio 5 Live to provide his verdict on new movies in ‘Film Review’?

A3. Mark Kermode (need Christian name as well as surname)

Q4. Who co-presents an evening show on Radio 2 from Manchester with Mark Radcliffe with (as the blurb states) “witty badinage, great music and the latest additions to The Chain”?

A4. Stuart Maconie

Q5. During 2010, who presents “The Organist Entertains”, since 1969, a regular weekly programme on Radio 4?

A5. Nigel Ogden

Q6. What was the recently publicised hundredth object on “A History of the World in 100 Objects”?

A6: A solar powered lamp with charger for mobile phone (accept ‘Torch’ or ‘Mobile phone charger’)

Q7. Who hosts “In our time” on Radio 4?

A7. (Lord) Melvyn Bragg

Q8. Who is the current (2010 – 2011) host of “I’m sorry I haven’t a clue”?

A8. Jack Dee

(N.B. The arrangement with Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon sharing the duty only pertained in 2009.)

Supplementary Questions (and amusement):

Q9. Besides originating the urban myth that Bob Holness played the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty’s song “Baker Street”, what game did Stuart Maconie claim that David Bowie had invented?

A9 Connect Four

Q10. What was the first object on “A History of the World in 100 Objects”?

A10. Mummy of Hornedjitef

(N.B. Not the oldest object - Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool - which was No.2.)

Round 5: Sport

Q1 Who was the last English born manager to coach a men’s FA cup winning side?

A1 Joe Royle (1995 Everton vs Manchester United 1-0)

Q2 Who was the first footballer to be knighted?

A2 Sir Stanley Mathews (he received a CBE in 1957 and was Knighted in 1965)

Q3 In which city is the Gabba cricket ground?

A3 Brisbane, Australia

(The name Gabba comes from the area of Brisbane where the ground is situated Woolloongabba)

Q4 Which sport takes place in an area 32ft long by 21ft wide, (9.75 metres X 6.40 metres) using a ball which weighs approximately 0.85 ounces (24 grams)?

A4 Squash

Q5 London has held the Summer Olympics on two occasions name either of the years?

A5. 1908 or 1948

Q6 Who was the first cricketer in history to take 300 test match wickets?

A6. Fred Truman

Q7 In which year did Roger Bannister run the first mile in under 4 minutes?

A7. 1954 (6th May at Iffley road track in Oxford – His time was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds)

Q8 In 1956, where were the Melbourne Olympic Equestrian events held?

A8. Stockholm, Sweden (It was due to quarantine restrictions and they were held 5 months earlier)

Supplementary Questions:-

Q9 Which Arthur Conan Doyle character had a horse named after him and subsequently a horse race?

A9. Brigadier Gerard

Q10 In the 2010 Formula One motor racing season how many points are awarded to the winning driver of a grand Prix?

A10. 25

Q11 Eddie Futch was a renowned American Boxing Trainer; one of his claims to fame was that he trained four of the five fighters who beat Muhammed Ali, name one?

A11. Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick

Q12 In 2003 who scored England’s only try in their rugby World Cup final victory over Australia in Sydney, 20-17 being the final score?

A12. Jason Robinson

Round 6: December: All of the events that are in this round occurred in this month:

Q1 December 1st 1955: What was the name of the black woman who was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama USA on for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white man?

A1 Rosa Parks

Q2. Also on December 1st, but in 1919, who was the first woman to take her seat as an MP in the British House of Commons?

A2 Lady Nancy Astor

Q3 On December 2nd 2001, what was the name of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enron the energy company that filed for bankruptcy in Houston, Texas?

A3 Kenneth Lay

Q4 What was the name of the hospital in Cape Town, South Africa where the world’s first heart transplant took place on December 3rd 1967?

A4 Groote Schur

Q5 On December 6, 1973 - Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president of the USA under Richard Nixon. Who did he replace?

A5 Spiro Agnew (who pleaded no contest to charges of income tax evasion.)

Q6 On December 7th 1987, what was the name of the leader of the Soviet Union who arrived in Washington DC USA to start negotiations for the elimination of ballistic missiles?

A6 Mikhail Gorbachev

Q7 On December 10th 1898, which country was bought by the USA for $20 million, as part of the Treaty of Paris to end the Spanish-American war

A7 The Philippines

Q8 On December 14th 1900, which physicist published a theory of quantum physics as part of a study of radiation on black body substances?

A8 Max Planck

Supplementary Questions:

Q9 December 18, 1940 - Adolf Hitler ordered the German General Staff to begin planning the invasion of Soviet Russia. What was the code-name of this invasion?

A9 Operation Barbarossa,

Q10 On December 21st 1975, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez led a raid of German and Arab terrorists on an OPEC meeting in Vienna killing 3 people and taking hostages. How was this person better known?

A10 Carlos the Jackal

Q11 On December 21st 1988, the Pan Am jumbo jet was blown up over Lockerbie. What was the name of the Libyan who was convicted of this act?

A11 Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi,

Q12 On December 31st 1999, control of the Panama Canal was officially handed over to Panama. Who was President of the USA when the treaty to bring this about was signed in 1977?

A12 Jimmy Carter

Round 7: What do you know about Macclesfield and its neighbouring towns?

Q1 Who, in about 1743, built the first water-powered silk mill in Macclesfield?

A1 Charles Roe. (hence Roe Street in centre of Macclesfield town…)

Q2 Barnaby, is a local holiday period celebrating St Barnabas, on what day is St Barnabas` day?

A2 June 11th ( as it has been since 1574…)

Q3 Macclesfield railway station appeared in which 2005 football hooliganism film starring Elijah Wood?

A3 Green Street (About a West Ham football firm)

Q4 Give a year in the life of Thomas Wardle the Leek based international authority on dyeing and printing silk and textiles generally?

A4 1831 - 1909

Q5 Who was the World famous cyclist who produced bicycles in Macclesfield for 3 years during the 1960s?

A5. Reg Harris

Q6 In which local town is the Anson Engine Museum?

A6 Poynton

Q7 Where is the Cuckooland Museum (exhibiting mainly cuckoo clocks) located?

A7. Tabley, Knutsford accept either

Q8 What is the name of the Hall, an original Norman house which was rebuilt in 1480 and extensively remodelled in 1701, the estate of which belonged to the Fitton family?

A8 Gawsworth Old Hall

Supplementary Questions

Q9 In what year did the last remaining commercial cinema close in Macclesfield (the Majestic)?

A9 1997

Q10 Macclesfield was granted a “Borough Charter” in 1261 by whom?

A10 Lord Edward (future Edward 1) accept either.

Q11 What was the title of the 2007 film, about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division who grew up in Macclesfield.

A11 Control

Round 8: Picture round.

You will be shown a picture of a comedian, the birth / death years ( if applicable) and one of their classic lines…

All you have to do is name the person.


1. Jack Benny

2. Tim Vine

3. Rhod Gilbert

4. Victor Borge

5. Andy Kaufman

6. Colin Crompton, (introducing Wheeltappers & Shunters club)

7. Bob Newhart

8. Charlie Williams

9. Billy Crystal

10. Joyce Grenfell


Picture 1

B. 1894

D. 1974

Quote: Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.



Picture 2

B 1967

Still alive

Quote: I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again."



Picture 3

B 1968

Still alive

Quote: "A spa hotel? It's like a normal hotel, only in reception there's a picture of a pebble."


Picture 4

B 1909

D 2000

Quote: The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.


Picture 5

B 1949

D 1984

Quote: I never told a joke in my life.


Picture 6

B 1931

D 1985

Quote: I went to Morecambe once ….. it was shut


Picture 7

B: 1929

Still alive

Quote: ‘I flew with the Mrs. Grace L Ferguson Airline & Storm Door Company…They are a ‘no frills’ airline. They did away with maintenance …’


Picture 8

B 1927

D 2006

quote: "If you don't laugh, I'll come and live next door to you.'


Picture 9

B 1948

Still alive

Quote: Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.”


Picture 10

Born 1910

Died 1979

… in a song…..The zest goes out of a beautiful waltz when you dance it bust to bust…



General Knowledge Questions: 7 December 2010

Set by the Puss In Boots with something for everyone.

Q1. Which protocol was adopted in Japan in 1992 by 16 major carbon emitting countries, who committed themselves to cutting emissions?

A1. Kyoto

Q2. In cutlery, what are tines?

A2. The prongs of a fork

Q3. In human biology where is the philtrum?

A3. The groove beneath the nose and the upper lips in mammals

Q4. Which is the world's third biggest island by area and the only one governed by three separate countries?

A4. Borneo

Q5. Lemurs are native to only two countries. Name either.

A5. Madagascar; Comoros

Q6. The name of which breed of dog takes it name from its supposed Spanish origins? It was a long silky coat and drooping ears.

A6. Spaniel

Q7. To the nearest degree Celsius, at what temperature does sea water usually freeze?

A7. -2°c [minus two degrees]

Q8. What is the most densely populated state in the European Union?

A8. Malta [more than three times as dense as the Netherlands]

Q9. What is the least densely populated state in the European Union?

A9. Finland [followed by Sweden]

Q10. Who was the UK's heaviest-ever MP? He was MP for Rochdale and died in September 2010.

A10. Cyril Smith

Q11. Who directed Lost In Translation and Marie Antoniette? Her father Francis is also a director.

A11. Sofia Coppola

Q12. Which King of England was ransomed for 100,000 marks in 1194 by the Duke of Austria?

A12. Richard I [the Lionheart]

Q13. Whose novels included The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man?

A13. H G Wells

Q14. Which author's Life of Johnson was published in 1791?

A14. James Boswell

Q15. Which fabled creature, had the head, trunk, and arms of a man, joined to the body and legs of a horse?

A15. Centaur

Q16. Which fabled animal is usually represented as having the head and wings of an eagle and the body and hind quarters of a lion?

A16. Griffin

Q17. What is a funambulist?

A17. A performer on the tight (or slack) rope, a rope-walker, a rope-dancer.

Q18. The Tregothnan estate grows tea in which English county?

A18. Cornwall

Q19. In which year was the Brighton bombing, the Libyan Embassy siege in London, and the Union Carbide chemical factory explosion in Bhopal? No leeway.

A19. 1984

Q20. In which year did the Berlin Wall fall, and Baywatch start? No leeway.

A20. 1989

Q21. Which is the 8th planet out from our sun?

A21. Neptune

Q22. Which Roman construction ran from the Forth to the Clyde

A22. Antonine Wall

Q23. As at 4 December 2010, who was Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs?

A23. William Hague

Q24. As at 14 December 2010, who was Secretary of State for Justice?

A24. Kenneth Clarke

Q25. In contrast to verse or poetry, what form of language is that typically spoken or written?

A25. Prose

Q26. Disappointed at the lack of quality affordable paperbacks in Exeter station in 1935, which publishing brand was launched by Allen Lane?

A26. Penguin

Q27. Which animal lies at the root of the word "chivalry" ?

A27. Horse [via the French 'cheval']

Q28. Which public corporation cares for the 2,200-mile network of canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales?

A28. British Waterways

Q29. Which word is both a month of the year and area of England's borderland?

A29. March

Q30. Who is the only English king to have been crowned in France, and the first to have had two separate reigns?

A30. Henry VI.

Q31. In which city can be found Salisbury Crags and Calton Hill

A31. Edinburgh

Q32. Which area of a ship is the stern?

A32. The rear part

Q33. In which year did the National Health Service come into effect? No leeway.

A33. 1948

Q34. What term is given to a semi-arid grass-covered plain as found in south-eastern Europe and Siberia?

A34. Steppe

Q35. In which English cathedral is the Mappa Mundi?

A35. Hereford

Q36. At the butchers, what are sweetbreads?

A36. The pancreas, or the thymus gland, of an animal, used for food [accept if player's answer includes "pancreas", "thymus", or "edible glands", but not if they answer "thyroid"]

Q37. Which comedian's most famous character is the Pub Landlord?

A37. Al Murray

Q38. Which volcano destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD?

A38. Mount Vesuvius

Q39. Which Roman emperor succeeded Caligula and preceeded Nero?

A39. Claudius

Q40. Which city does 'neopolitan' refer to?

A40. Naples

Q41. Which 1969 film starred Michael Caine with Noel Coward and Benny Hill?

A41. The Italian Job

Q42. Who had a 1971 chart hit with Move On Up?

A42. Curtis Mayfield

Q43. By what animal is a papal edict known?

A43. Bull

Q44. Where did the largest fire in peacetime Europe break out in 2005?

A44. Buncefield oil storage depot in Hertfordshire [accept Buncefield or Hertfordshire]

Q45. Which artist designed the album covers for Do They Know It's Christmas and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

A45. Peter Blake

Q46. The ancient Greek, Plato, is the earliest author to mention which fabled island lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules?

A46. Atlantis

Q47. Which school was attended by both James Bond and Tony Blair, and was a stop on Sean Connery's milkround?

A47. Fettes College

Q48. Which specie of human takes it name from the valley in Germany where their remains were first found in 1856?

A48. Neanderthals [from the Neander valley]

Q49. Which word can be both a crucifix and ¼ of an acre?

A49. Rood [as in rood screen and Holyrood Palace]

Q50. Which region of Guyana was the original and chief source of light brown cane sugar?

A50. Demerara

Q51. Which port and meat-packing centre of Urugay gives its names to a brand of pies and meat products?

A51. Fray Bentos

Q52. Which country is the only one not have a rectangular or square flag?

A52. Nepal

Q53. After which Italian region did Josiah Wedgewood name the pottery works he established in 1769?

A53. Etruria [accept Etruscan etc]

Q54. In which year did Britain adopt the new-style Gregorian calendar, losing 11 days?

A54. 1752 (+/- 10 years)

Q55. Which Devon town is famous for carpet production?

A55. Axminster

Q56. What is the only place name in the UK with an exclamation mark in its name?

A56. Westward Ho!

Q57. What is the most Easterly town in mainland England?

A57. Lowestoft

Q58. What is the most Northerly town in mainland England?

A58. Berwick-Upon-Tweed ["Berwick" is acceptable]

Q59. What is the surface area of a full size snooker table in square feet? No leeway.

A59. 72 (12x6)

Q60. What village in Luxembourg gives its name to the agreement to abolish internal borders enabling passport-free movement between a large number of European countries?

A60. Schengen

Q61. The port of Dover currently offers regular cross-channel ferries to Calais and which other French port?

A61. Dunkirk

Q62. Cross Channel ferries leave the town of Newhaven in East Sussex for which French ferry port?

A62. Dieppe

Q63. Which Beatles song when translated into German would be entitled 'Gestern?'

A63. Yesterday

Q64. The TV series 'A touch of Frost' was set in which fictional town?

A64. Denton

Q65. In which English County was the TV series 'Wycliffe' set?

A65. Cornwall

Q66. The forint is the currency of which European country?

A66. Hungary

Q67. The kuna is the currency of which European country?

A67. Croatia

Q68. Which city airport is at Lulsgate Bottom?

A68. Bristol Airport

Q69. Which Motorway links the M1 west of Leicester with the M6 north of Coventry?

A69. M69

Q70. Which Motorway links the M1 east of Sheffield with the M62 just west of Goole?

A70. M18

Q71. What does the C in E=mc2 stand for?

A71. The speed of light (in a vacuum)

Q72. How is Gustav Mahler's symphony number 8 otherwise known?

A72. The symphony of a thousand

Q73. What nationality is Nick Clegg's mother?

A73. Dutch

Q74. What nationality is Michael Portillo's Father?

A74. Spanish

Q75. Which planet has a day which is longer than it's year?

A75. Venus (day is 243 earth days, year is 224 earth days)

Q76. How many forwards are there on a rugby union team?

A76. 8 (with 7 backs making a team of 15)

Q77. Which film is based on Philip K Dick's book 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep'?

A77. Blade Runner

Q78. Which is the largest species of cat? You need only name the species rather than any particular sub-species.

A78. Tiger

Q79. For which discovery did Watson and Crick win the 1962 noble prize for medicine?

A79. The structure of DNA (which is a double helix)

Q80. What was Steven Spielberg's first full length feature film?

A80. Duel

Q81. Who is the only man to win both the formula one and motorcycle world championships?

A81. John Surtees

Q82. In which Florence museum is Michelangelo's David currently on display?

A82. The Accademia

Q83. Who is the current male world ten metre diving champion?

A83. Tom Daley

Q84. Which car firm manufactures the Berlingo model?

A84. Citroen

Q85. What car firm manufactures the Kangoo model?

A85. Renault

Q86. What during world war one was renamed liberty cabbage in both the UK and the USA?

A86. Sauerkraut

Q87. In Indian cuisine what ingredient does a Saag dish contain?

A87. Spinach (and/or mustard leaf)

Q88. In Indian cuisine what ingredient does an Aloo dish contain?

A88. Potatoes

Q89. What is Postman Pat's last name?

A89. Clifton

Q90. In which desert is the world's driest place?

A90. Atacama (Chile)

Q91. Which baseball team was George W Bush a co-owner before his move into politics?

A91. The Texas Rangers

Q92. What is the USA equivalent to the British Victoria Cross?

A92. The (Congressional) medal of honor (the two are their respective countries' highest military decorations).

Q93. Which king was killed at the battle of Bosworth field in 1485?

A93. Richard III

Q94. Which is the country of origin of the Dalmatian breed of dog?

A94. Croatia

Q95. What did Albert Einstein define as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

A95. Insanity (accept madness)

Q96. In which state is the US city of Boston?

A96. Massachusetts


Q1. In which UK city is the People's History musuem?

A1. Manchester

Q2. What is the name of anthropologist Kate Fox's best-selling book about the behaviour of the people in England?

A2. Watching The English

Q3. The works of which writer of far-fetched fiction include The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions and The Brentford Triangle?

A3. Robert Rankin

Q4. Which disgraced historian was found by a court in 1996 to be an active Holocaust denier who had "for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence"?

A4. David Irving

Q5. Which slang term did a restaurant chain seek to redefine as meaning to "reflect a job that is stimulating, rewarding ... and offers skills that last a lifetime."

A5. McJob

Q6. In which county is Wensleydale?

A6. North Yorkshire

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

30th November All Questions Set By the Ox Fford C


vetted by the Albion and

the Sutton Church House

Specialist rounds

Arts & Entertainment: Five a day



Sport: Ladies’ Day




Saint Andrew’s Day

Round 1 Arts & Entertainment: Five a day

In each case either the question or the answer contains a fruit or vegetable.

1. Q Which book and film feature the character Harry Lime?
A The Third Man

2. Q Which Shakespeare play features a carpenter called Peter Quince?
A A Midsummer Night’s Dream

3. Q Which band has released albums called Californication and Stadium Arcadium?
A Red Hot Chilli Peppers

4. Q Who painted the 1885 work The Potato Eaters?
A Vincent van Gogh

5. Q In children’s TV how were Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky collectively known?
A Banana Splits

6. Q Which comedian was born Robert Norman Davis?
A Jasper Carrott

7. Q Which 1946 John Ford film is based on the story of the gunfight at the OK Corral?
A My Darling Clementine

8. Q What was the Beatle-inspired name of the Bond girl in the film Quantum of Solace, played by Gemma Arterton?
A Strawberry Fields


1. Which song contains the line ‘I really love your peaches, want to shake your tree’?
The Joker (Steve Miller Band)

2. Who composed the opera The Love for Three Oranges?
Sergei Prokofiev

Round 2 Geography

1. Q Which sea area is named after a tiny uninhabited island in the Atlantic Ocean?
A Rockall

2. Q In the USA, which city is known as the Windy City?
A Chicago

3. Q In which Irish county is Blarney Castle?
A Cork

4. Q In which Irish county is Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland?
A Donegal

5. Q Chimborazo, an inactive volcano, is the highest mountain in which country?
A Ecuador

6. Q Mount Logan is the highest mountain in which country?
A Canada

7. Q Which world-famous landmark would you see near Keystone, South Dakota?
A Mount Rushmore

8. Q Which county was created in 1974 from parts of Yorkshire and Durham, and abolished in 1996?
A Cleveland


  1. Q Which south-east Asian country has a name that, in its own language, means “land of the south”?
    A Vietnam
  2. Q In which English county is the Vale of Pewsey?
    A Wiltshire

Round 3 History

1. Q Who became the last Norman king of England, when he was succeeded to the throne by Henry of Anjou?
A Stephen (Henry of Anjou became Henry II, England’s first Plantagenet king)

2. Q Who was shot dead in 1812 by a bankrupt Liverpool broker named John Bellingham?
A Spencer Perceval (The Prime Minister)

3. Q Who was President of the USA at the beginning of the 20th century?
A William McKinley (assassinated 1901)

4. What popular name was given in World War II to the young men chosen by ballot to serve in Britain’s coal mines rather than the armed forces?
A Bevin boys

5. Q Which English king was the father of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, also known as “the Butcher of Culloden”?
A George II

6. Q Who was the first Prime Minister of India, and the father of Indira Gandhi?
A Jawaharlal (Pandit) Nehru

7. Q In which year did both Benjamin Disraeli and W. E. Gladstone become Prime Minister for the first time?
A 1868 (accept 1863-1873)

8. Q Which British Prime Minister first said ‘A week is a long time in politics’?
A Harold Wilson


1. Q What was the popular British name for the German defensive wall of World War II, known in German as the Westwall?
A The Siegfried Line (the original Siegfried Line formed part of the larger Hindenburg Line, in World War I)

2. Q At which city in southern Italy did the Royal Navy launch a famous attack on the Italian fleet in November 1940?
A Taranto (it was the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship attack in history)

Round 4 Sport: Ladies’ Day

Just for a change, a round about women in sport.

1. Q Who became the first woman to circumnavigate the world single-handedly, in 1978?
A Naomi James

2. Q Who is currently the world heptathlon champion?
A Jessica Ennis

3. Q At the Beijing Olympics, swimmers Kerri-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten won silver and bronze medals respectively, in which event?
A 10km (open water)

4. Q Which club has won the FA Women’s Premier League every year since 2001?
A Arsenal

5. Q In netball, which player can move in any area of the court except the two shooting circles?
A Centre

6. Q Which male tennis player challenged and was beaten by Billie-Jean King in the so-called Battle of the Sexes in 1973?
A Bobby Riggs

7. Q Which aboriginal athlete lit the Olympic flame at the Sydney Olympics and went on to win gold in the 400m?
A Cathy Freeman

8. Q Rebecca Romero has won Olympic medals in two different sports. Name either.
A Rowing (silver in the quadruple sculls 2004) or cycling (gold in the individual pursuit 2008)


1. Q With which sport is Venetia Williams associated?
A Horse racing (she trained the 2009 Grand National winner)

2. Q Gail Emms retired from which sport in 2008?

A Badminton

Round 5 Science

1. Q What is the more common name for laparoscopic surgery?
A Keyhole surgery

2. Q Which branch of medicine is concerned with diseases of the blood?
A Haematology

3. Q What is most commonly added to iron to make steel?
A Carbon

4. Q What is another name for vitamin B9, recommended for pregnant women?
A Folic acid

5. Q What was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope?
A Neptune

6. Q Which astronomical event happened in 2004 and will happen again in 2012, but then won’t happen again until 2117?
A The transit of Venus (across the Sun, as seen from Earth)

7. Q Bee, fly, butterfly, frog and lizard are all types of what plant?
A Orchid

8. Q What type of creature is a flying fox?
A A bat


  1. Q Which disease acquired its name in 1976 at an ex-servicemen’s conference in Philadelphia?
    A Legionnaire’s disease
  2. Q Which substance or chemical compound makes the surface of the planet Mars look red?
    A Iron oxide (rust) – accept either

Round 6 Saints

A picture round! QM please read out the following:

Some of the pictures are of actual saints, some are of people and/or things that are named after saints. In each case, you have to identify the saint. Where there is more than one picture, they are all named after the same saint.




clip_image002[4]Who is this being crucified upside down – as painted by Caravaggio?






These three people are all named after the same saint. Which one?




Similarly, these two places and this person are all named after the same saint

















The team on the left is Batley. Which team is on the right?

St. Mark (St. Mark’s Square, Venice – as painted by Canaletto)

  1. St. Peter (being crucified upside down – as painted by Caravaggio)
  2. St. Sebastian (traditional – although not strictly accurate – depiction of his martyrdom. This one is by someone called Il Sodoma, and can be seen in the Uffizi, Florence)
  3. St. John (Norman St. John Stevas MP; actress Jill St. John as Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds are Forever; footballer Ian St. John)
  4. St. James (St. James’s Park Newcastle, top left; St. James’s Park Exeter, bottom; actress Susan St. James – best known as Wife in McMillan & Wife – top right)
  5. St. Joan (Joan of Arc; poster for George Bernard Shaw’s play)
  6. St. Pancras (frontage of the London railway terminus)
  7. St. Michael (St. Michael’s Mount, near Penzance, in daylight; Mont St. Michel in Normandy, at night)


  1. St. Louis (Spirit of St. Louis, the plane in which Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic in 1927)
  2. St. Helen (St. Helens rugby league team, pictured at the 1897 Challenge Cup Final. Did they really play in that assortment of kit?)

Alternative questions for any visually impaired players:

  1. Q Who is the patron saint of music?
    A St Cecilia
  2. Q Which saint was executed by Henry VIII in 1535?
    A St Thomas More

Round 7 Andrews

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, a round about Andrews. You simply need to name the Andrew that fits each of the following descriptions.

1. Q BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005
A Andrew Flintoff

2. Q Poet laureate from 1999 - 2009
A Andrew Motion

3. Q Former BBC political editor, and host of Radio 4’s Start the Week
A Andrew Marr

4. Q Half of the 1980s beat duo Wham!
A Andrew Ridgley

5. Q German born actor whose most famous creation was from Barcelona
A Andrew Sachs

6. Q Seventh president of the United States, nicknamed Old Hickory
A Andrew Jackson

7. Q In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a friend of Sir Toby Belch
A Sir Andrew Aguecheek

8. Q Current Secretary of State for Health (as of Friday 26th November)
A Andrew Lansley


  1. Q Who wrote the 1742 novel Joseph Andrews?
    A Henry Fielding
  2. Q Who succeeded Eamonn Andrews as presenter of This is Your Life in 1987?
    A Michael Aspel

Round 8 Saint Andrew’s Day

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day a bit more, a round about Scotland.

1. Q Which island is home to eight working whisky distilleries, including Lagavulin and Laphroaig?
A Islay

2. Q What is the Gaelic word for Scotland, and also the name of the BBC’s Gaelic language TV channel?
A Alba

3. Q On what date is Burns night celebrated?
A January 25th

4. Q How high does a mountain have to be to qualify as a Munro?
A 3000ft (strictly speaking, it’s now 914m)

5. Q How are identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid better known?
A The Proclaimers

6. Q Which town is the administrative centre of the Shetland Islands?
A Lerwick

7. Q One of the main exponents of Art Nouveau in the UK, who designed the Glasgow School of Art, amongst many other buildings in the city?
A Charles Rennie Mackintosh

8. Q Which comedy character originally appeared in the TV show Naked Video and was described by his long-suffering wife as ‘the original unemployed person’?
A Rab C Nesbitt


1. Q Which football team plays its home games at Pittodrie Stadium?
A Aberdeen

2. Q Edinburgh Castle stands at one end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Which building faces it at the opposite end?
A Holyrood Palace (or the Palace of Holyrood House)


General knowledge

1. Q What do ungulates have that other mammals do not?
A Hooves

2. Q Why were Kent couple Paul and Rachel Chandler in the news earlier this month?
A They were hostages released by Somali pirates

3. Q Which type of cloud formation is most associated with rain and is named from the Latin word for cloud or rainstorm?
A Nimbus

4. Q What is the name of Princess Anne’s home in the Cotswolds?
A Gatcombe Park

5. Q What name has been used since the 17th century for the gate that allows entry into the Tower of London from the River Thames?
A Traitor’s Gate

6. Q In which city is the pilgrim route known as the Via Dolorosa?
A Jerusalem

7. Q According to an old advertising campaign, what “gave a meal man appeal”?
A Oxo

8. Q Similarly, what was supposed to help you to “keep that schoolgirl complexion”?
A Palmolive


9. Q Which brewery was founded in Strasbourg in 1664?
A Kronenbourg

10. Q Which famous London restaurant was founded by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray?
A The River Cafe

11. Q What was Che Guevara’s first name?
A Ernesto

12. Q Which soap character recently returned from the grave to be reunited with her dying husband?
A Vera Duckworth

13. Q Produced in 2005, what is (to date) the only feature-length film in Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit series?
A The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

14. Q Apart from the Pyramids, which one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was in Egypt?
A The Pharos (accept lighthouse) at Alexandria

15. Q Which famous horse race was named after the home of the Twelfth Earl of Derby?
A The Oaks

16. Q How old is Bart Simpson?
A Ten


17. Q Which country’s flag bears the motto Ordem e Progresso?
A Brazil’s

18. Q What French word, meaning a fishbone, is used for a knife-edged mountain ridge between two glacial valleys?
A Arete

19. Q Which iconic British retail business was first established at Euston station in 1848?
A W H Smith

20. Q What, according to a well-known saying, is the thief of time?
A Procrastination

21. Q What, according to a well-known saying, is paved with good intentions?
A The road to hell

22. Q Who kicked 25 points as England beat Australia 35-18 at rugby union earlier this month?
A Toby Flood

23. Q Of whom did Christopher Marlowe write, “Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?”?
A Helen of Troy (in Doctor Faustus)

24. Q Who wrote and spoke, in a 1993 film, the line, “I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland”?
A Woody Allen (in Manhattan Murder Mystery)


25. Q Which slow dance in three-four time is known by a French name that indicates its country of origin?
A The polonaise

26. Q Which British Prime minister was married to Clarissa Spencer-Churchill, the niece of Sir Winston?
A Anthony Eden

27. Q Which 2002 film includes the line, “’With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift, my curse”?
A Spiderman

28. Q Which 1999 film had the tagline, “Be afraid of the future”?
A The Matrix

29. Q Which Premiership football club recently unveiled its third strip for the current season, officially described as “Harrods green”, prompting headlines such as “Is this the worst kit of all time?”
A Fulham

30. Q Which 1980s band had three members whose surname was Taylor, all of whom were unrelated?
A Duran Duran (John and Roger Taylor were always in the band; Andy Taylor came and went, but was a member during their heyday)

31. Q In Australia, what is a brumby?
A A wild horse

32. Q At which naval dockyard did Elizabeth I make her famous speech to the troops assembled to fight the Armada?
A Tilbury (“I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman …”)


33. Q In the UK, what was controversially outlawed on February 18th 2005?
A Hunting with dogs

34. Q Texas’s busiest airport serves Dallas, and which other city?
A Fort Worth

35. Q Which grape variety has a name that’s Spanish for “little early one”?
A Tempranillo

36. Q Who was the alter-ego of Manchester musician and comedian Chris Sievey (see-vee), who died in June this year?
A Frank Sidebottom

37. Q What name was given to the area around Dublin that was ruled directly by the English in the late Middle Ages?
A The Pale

38. Q Complete this catchphrase: ‘But which is better? There’s only one way to find out ...’
A Fight! (from Harry Hill’s TV Burp)

39. Q In which musical would you hear the line “If you could see her through my eyes, she wouldn’t be Jewish at all.”?
A Cabaret

  1. Q Which controversial 20th century novel begins: “Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.”?
    A Lady Chatterley’s Lover


41. Q What name was given to the last steam locomotive built by British Railways?
A The Evening Star

42. Q Which fruit is obtained from a genus of plants in the rose family, known as fragaria (fra-GAIR-ia)?
A Strawberry

43. Q What is measured in systolic and diastolic phases?
A Blood pressure

44. Q The Treskilling (tray-skilling) Yellow from Sweden, the Inverted Jenny from the United States, and the “Post Office” from Mauritius are among the world’s most famous … what?
A Postage stamps (the first two are misprints)

45. Q In the UK, under what name has the radio station formerly known as Virgin Radio broadcast since 2008?
A Absolute Radio

46. Q Which national leader was alleged in 2008 to have deprived Cliff Richard of victory in the Eurovision Song Contest forty years earlier, by rigging the vote in favour of his country’s entry?
A General Francisco Franco

47. Q Which famous English footballer and broadcaster is fifty years old today?
A Gary Winston Lineker

48. Q Winston Churchill was also born on this day – in which year?
A 1874 (accept 1871-77. He died in January 1965 at the age of 90.)


49. Q What is the nominal link between Giuseppe Garibaldi and the city where he was born?
A They both have biscuits named after them. (He was born in Nice.)

50. Q Who was the original illustrator of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories?
A E. H. Shepard

51. Q In which English city is Winson Green prison?
A Birmingham

52. Q The name of what type of cheese is Italian for sweet milk?
A Dolcelatte

53. Q Who outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono in 1985 for the rights to Lennon and McCartney’s songs?
A Michael Jackson

54. Q In the nursery rhyme Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son, what did Tom steal before he ran away?
A A pig

55. Q Which children’s novel features the Admiral Benbow inn?
A Treasure Island

56. Q What name is given to the clear part of the eye, covering the iris and the pupil?
A The cornea


57. Q Which group made the classic album Lexicon of Love in the 1980s?

58. Q What is the name of the company that produces Nick Park’s films?
A Aardman Animations (the company was founded in 1976; Park joined in 1985)

59. Q Who won the first series of American Idol in 2002, and reached No. 1 in the UK in 2009 with (the charmingly-titled) My life would suck without you?
A Kelly Clarkson

60. Q Which famous leader died in 323 BC, reputedly after over-indulging at a feast?
A Alexander the Great

61. Q What were Chay Blyth and John Ridgway the first people to do, in 1966?
A Row across the Atlantic

62. Q Which country’s principal share index is known as the DAX?
A Germany’s (it stands for Deutsche Aktien IndeX)

63. Q Which acid causes a nettle to sting?
A Formic

64. Q How many degrees of longitude are equivalent to an hour in time?
A 15 (360 divided by 24)


65. Q What is the capital of Croatia?
A Zagreb

66. Q Which 1977 film’s central character is called Tony Manero?
A Saturday Night Fever

67. Q Which company developed the Kindle e-book reader?
A Amazon

68. Q Which former model sprang to fame in the 1970s after appearing in a Campari advert?
A Lorraine Chase

69. Q Which designer launched the fashion chain Warehouse in the 1970s?
A Jeff Banks

70. Q Who is the protagonist of the novel and film The Maltese Falcon?
A Sam Spade

71. Q According to the Book of Genesis (King James version), what four words did Noah speak on releasing the animals from the Ark?
A Go forth and multiply

72. Q According to the Bible, who was the son of Isaac and the father of Joseph (of dreamcoat fame)?
A Jacob


73. Q How many years of solitude did Gabriel Garcia Marquez write about?
A 100

74. Q What is a Camberwell Beauty?
A A type of butterfly

75. Q Which Disney film features the song When you Wish upon a Star?
A Pinocchio

76. Q In which country were the writer Albert Camus (al-bear ca-moo) and the fashion designer Yves St. Laurent born?
A Algeria

77. Q Who created the TV series Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks?
A Phil Redmond

78. Q What are known in France as sabots (sa-bows) and in the Netherlands as klompen?
A Clogs

79. Q What is the name of George W Bush’s recently published memoirs?
A Decision Points

80. Q What is the family name of the Dukes of Devonshire?
A Cavendish


81. Q Which cabinet post is currently held by Jeremy Hunt (as of Friday 26th November)?
A Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (accept any or all of these elements)

82. Q Who was the first Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport after the post was created by John Major in 1992, dubbing it ‘Minister for Fun’?
A David Mellor

83. Q Which European city is known as the ‘Bride of the Sea’?
A Venice

84. Q Which acid is present in the human stomach?
A Hydrochloric

85. Q Which English writer committed suicide in 1941 by drowning in the River Ouse in Sussex?
A Virginia Woolf

86. Q Which famous artist was born in Castleford, Yorkshire in 1898?
A Henry Moore

87. Q By what title is the Irish national anthem known in English?
A The Soldier’s Song

88. Q Whose official residence is Number 12, Downing Street?
A The Government Chief Whip (the Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, as of Friday 26th November) – accept either the post or the name


89. Q Which religious group meets in Kingdom Halls?
A Jehovah’s Witnesses

90. Q The singer that Elizabeth Taylor divorced in order to marry Richard Burton, died earlier this year. What was his name?
A Eddie Fisher

91. Q Who is the principal hero of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (of operas)?
A Siegfried

92. Q Which company was founded in 1977 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak?
A Apple Computer Inc. – now simply Apple Inc.

93. Q What’s the name of the supposedly magical island in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific?
A Bali Ha’i

94. Q What is the British equivalent of the US term “realtor” (real-tor)?
A Estate agent

95. Q In polite circles in the USA, what is a weenie?
A A hot dog sausage (no points for any anatomical references)

96. Q Which legendary athlete announced his retirement earlier this month, after pulling out of the New York Marathon due to injury?
A Haile Gebrselassie


  1. Q What nationality is the golfer Angel Cabrera, who in 2007 became the first non-English speaking player to win the US Open? (Note: the G is hard)
    A Argentine

2. Q In Fawlty Towers, what name did Manuel give to his pet “hamster” – which was really a rat?
A Basil

3. Q The socialist Evo Morales has been president of which South American country since 2006?
A Bolivia

4. Q What is officially defined by the Karman Line?
A The beginning of space (100km above the earth’s surface)

5. Q What is also known as wool sorter’s disease?
A Anthrax

6. Q What is used to flavour the Belgian beer known as Kriek?
A Cherries